Peta-Gaye Daniel is the founder of My Cruising Family, LLC, and has been featured in NBC News, Mogul, SELF Magazine, Travel Pulse, and The Disney Wedding Podcast.
Encouraging women through travel & lifestyle conversation, Peta-Gaye is that mommy friend who shares, listens, and encourages. She is that mommy friend who'll almost always say go ahead and book the trip with the family or without, and will also encourage you to treat yourself.
Peta-Gaye created the My Cruising Family blog & social media space to primarily talk travel, but with the huge pause in travel due to the pandemic in 2020, the My Cruising Family blog and social media space has pivoted into a place to inspire others as we all take life one step at a time.
1) Occupation / Location:
"I am an attorney, blogger, and content creator, presently based in New York City."
2) What does International Women's Day mean to you?
"To me, International Women’s Day means celebrating the strides women have made despite adversity, and while being inspired, being also an inspiration. For me, this year’s International Women’s Day is especially special because the U.S.A. celebrates its first female Vice President, and she is a woman of color with Jamaican heritage, and an attorney. I am a Jamaican woman who is also an attorney, so you KNOW I’m inspired. That said, I am here, walking and living in my purpose after having open-heart surgery to fix a leaky heart valve in June 2020! Thankful to my cardiologist at Mount Sinai Doctors, the great team at Mount Sinai Hospital, and in particular, Mount Sinai’s Mitral Valve Repair Unit. It was during recovery from heart surgery that my calling to inspire through content creation and influencing via social media really started to become clear."
3) What is your favorite quote to refer back to that motivates you?
"The entire poem, “Don’t Quit.” I am not sure who the original poet is/was, and I have seen varying versions of it, but certain lines stand out to me:"
“Don't give up though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow […]
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown […]
Success is failure turned inside out […]
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.”
4) What advice would you give other women interested in your field?
"If it’s the field of law, I suggest being clear that that’s the path you want to take, which means even if you have to take time off from school to decide on it, then do that. I went to law school directly after college, and felt burnout throughout. I don’t regret it, but I do note that many of my classmates who were older and had taken time to work and figure out interests after college before going to law school seemed a lot more mature and happier than I did during our time in law school."
"If it’s the field of blogging/content creation, my advice is to jump in and do it! This is one of those things that some people hesitate to do because they feel as though they have to do more research on or buy fancy equipment for before getting started, but it is quite the opposite. Blogging and content creation is an area to be studied, yes, but the best way to study and learn it is to do it while learning through research, etc. Soak up information from the gurus at this. There are top influencers, bloggers, and content creators who are like open books, willing to share their craft and helpful tips on how they’ve created thriving businesses in influencing, blogging, and content creation. Since it is Women’s History Month, I’ll take this opportunity to suggest following and learning from a wonderfully successful woman in the business, Mattie James, @themattiejames and https://blog.mattiejames.com, who has been a wonderful inspiration and source of information along this influencing, blogging, and content creation journey."
5) Lastly, what is your hype-up track of choice when getting ready for a busy day?
Honestly, I’m not tied to one… four actually come to mind, and I can probably think of more:
Good Day, by J. Moss
Afraid, by J. Moss
Empire State of Mind, by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Girl on Fire, by Alicia Keys